When you experience an injury because someone else acted recklessly or with negligence, you deserve compensation for your medical expenses, time lost from work, and other damages you had to unfairly undergo. In order to get your compensation, you’ll have to prove to the court that you weren’t at fault for your injury and what it’s cost you. Here are some of the most important things you’ll need to document.
Doctors’ Reports and Official Injury Reports
After an injury, you should see a private doctor (not a company doctor, especially if your injury happened on the job) and get a thorough assessment of your injuries. Make sure they note your immediate injuries and ideas they have about what kind of long-term injuries you might experience down the road. If you sustained an injury on the job, be sure to obtain a copy of the official injury report.
All Bills and Receipts Related to Your Injury and Damages
It may seem like common sense to some people who have been through an accident before, but it’s easy to forget to keep some of these papers handy. Set aside a folder or box to keep ALL bills and receipts related to your injury. Medical bills, therapy costs, bills that got paid late because you were out of work. All of these help to back up your claim and provide a point of reference for the court to figure out what is a fair amount of financial compensation for your injury.
Your Account of the Accident and Witness Accounts
One critical document that you absolutely want on your side is your account of the accident. Write it down as soon as you can after your injury while the details are fresh on your mind. If your case goes on for months or years, you’ll be grateful you wrote down what happened. Getting witnesses to sign and date their accounts can also help your case.